Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7 Things I've Learned About Marriage

On Monday my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We're practically still just newlyweds, but in 7 years I've learned some things.

1. All decisions should be made together.

This isn't popular nowadays, but every time you consult with your spouse about the smaller things you're telling them you value their opinion and trust them.


2. Let it go.

And no, I'm not talking about Frozen. In our human nature we hang onto things. It's ridiculous and harmful. With every little thing I don't like, I could easily let it fester and become an issue, but it's better to let it go. But then, little things never bothered me anyway. ;)


3. Relive memories.

Once you have kids, things become less about each other. It's important to relive the fun eating tater tots late at night. Weird, but it's a fun memory we have so every now and then we stay up late and eat tater tots. Shared memories are beautiful. Don't forget them.


4. Put the other person first.

This is obvious, but so hard. If you know your wife prefers you to hang your coat up when you get home, then do it. If it bugs your husband that you hang your towel on the doorknob, then don't do it. And if you're working at it, but your spouse isn't, remember....let it go. Which leads me to the next thing I've learned.


5. Do the right thing without exception.

In any relationship, if one person is making the effort and the other one isn't, you tend to throw in the towel where your effort is concerned. But this isn't just any relationship. It's a covenant. And whether or not your spouse is working at it, you do the right thing. Because we all have to answer for our own actions. Just because someone else isn't doing what they should, that doesn't give us the right to give up on our end.


6. Never paint your spouse in a negative light.

It's easy, I think for females to do this without realizing it. We complain about dumb stuff that doesn't even really matter, but it's wrong. It's hard, being human and all, but it's something worth working on.


7. Keep an eye to the future.

Whether it's your finances, plans, goals, talk about the future together. And most importantly, talk about your spiritual future together. Make an effort to set spiritual goals for your relationship and family. Remember, a threefold cord is not easily broken.


I'm looking forward to another seven years and seeing our goals play out. It's been a blast and I'm thankful to be married to someone who also has a desire to be in Gods will.


Monday, April 21, 2014

An Easter to Remember

We had a wonderful weekend.


On Saturday our church had a community Egg Hunt. The kids had a blast hunting for eggs.



They loved being able to pick out prizes.

Dallas was diggin on the Kit Kats.

After the egg hunt, my sister in law did the Ressurection Eggs with all the kids. I lved hearing the kids' questions and comments.

Easter Sunday morning Dallas and Sadie came running downstairs to see if their baskets had arrived.
They had.

We had a great time in service and had a photo session afterward.
It was totally unplanned, but Dallas and his cousin, Everett, had the same outfit on.
What a beautiful weekend of fun and family and most importantly, celebrating our risen Savior!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Super excited for this new weekly series!


I'll be sharing some of my favorite things with you each Friday.
Ideas, recipes, photos, cuteness, you name it.
With that said, here are a few of my favorite things right now...
Loving this idea! If you have a toddler or young kiddo you'll feel me on this one.

Loving these cauliflower tots I made. Recipe from Skinny Taste. Not only are they low carb, but I substituted grated Parmesan for breadcrumbs and voila! They become gluten free and more importantly to me, Dukan friendly!



I'm loving this denim skirt I found for Sadie. They can be hard to find for little girls and I usually only have luck in thrift stores. You can find shorter ones, but the longer length is near impossible. I was excited to find this one on sale at Target for 25% off last week. It has an adjustable waist so I got the next size up to get even more length.

Girlfriends's rockin it.

And last but definitely not least, one of my favorite scriptures this week is...

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kindergarten Commitment Issues

I never knew I had commitment issues until I started making decisions on what to use for Kindergarten this fall.

Seriously. It was so bad.


I like Abeka.


I like Five In a Row.


Those of you who homeschool know that these are polar opposites, but I see the beauty in each of them.


So, since I can't make up my mind I'll do both.


I like the idea of Abeka's structured learning and I love Five In a Row's literature based approach.

I think it will be a beautiful thing combining the two.

I also like the idea that Sadie can join in with Five In a Row.

Everyone I know that's used Five In a Row has nothing but wonderful things to say about it and the fond memories they made "rowing" through the books.

And since she loves being involved with whatever Dallas is doing, I might order Abeka's K4 for her. Why not?



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Great Toy Exodus

This had been a long time coming. Somehow we had accumulated a ridiculous amount of toys for only two kids. A lot of it they have outgrown. A lot of it was broken or missing pieces.

I'll be honest, the toys intimidated me. 50% of the toys were kept in our garage in random bags in random places. Chaos. A small percentage is kept in the kids rooms and in other places around the house, and the rest is


I feel you cringing with me.

I know you're feeling the combination of agony and intimidation that I was feeling every time this closet was opened.

The balancing act of it all only added to my frustration.

Well, a few weeks ago I came across the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge. It's been around a few years. This year it was calling to me. I got busy and hammered out a lot. When I came to the toy closet, I was ready.

I got angry at the evil toy Jenga we had going on.

Boom! I dug in and got messy. Seriously, will you look at the mess?


I sorted it. A pile for trash, a pile to give to friends/family, and a pile to drop off at a local charity thrift store. Since this closet didn't even hold half of the toys in our house, I knew I had to pare it way down.


Then my husband put shelves in.


And since I was super motivated, I went through most of the toys in the garage. The few we kept are now in this closet as well.

Somebody cue the Hallelujah choir.

We now have more than 50% less than we did. While my original plans for this closet included pretty plastic organizing bins, I don't want to spend the money now. So, I used what we have. And it's working great.


The kids haven't complained one bit. I mean, why would they? They still have a pretty nice collection going on.



Monday, April 7, 2014

Reading Basket

As long as I can remember we have had this basket out with books in it. The kids love to look through them and they love to be read to.

And while I can't always drop what I'm doing to play or entertain them, I never turn them down when they ask to be read to. Its important to me for them to develop a love for books.


We have an entire collection of books here at home, so what I do is keep those put away and I rotate them. I include a few books according to their current interests and the rest I choose are based on the current season/holiday.


The only other thing in the basket is their favorite puzzle.


Although right now there is this puppet glove.



It goes with the Five Little a ladybugs book. My mom bought it for Dallas when he wasn't even a year old. It's still a favorite.


One book that I absolutely love is this pop up Easter book. But it's too delicate for the book basket, so I pull it out on occasion during Spring.



It's absolutely gorgeous.

They love going to the Library, which is important to me and reminiscent of my childhood, but it's nice to have a collection here at home that they've come to love and appreciate.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Cards

In our youth class at church we like to decorate for the seasons and holidays. My mom had an idea to use some really cute greeting cards we found at....take a wild guess.....Target. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen anything there that wasn't cute.



I was looking in our supply room looking for some way to display them when I found book rings.


I put holes in the cards and stuck the rings through.



It was so easy and turned out cute.


Now all I have to do is switch out the cards when I want to change it up.


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